In our series, Meet the BOAMBF Team, we get to know the very lovely Angie Morgan. Angie is well known for writing and illustrating picture books for 3-5 year olds, such as the very popular SHOUTY ARTHUR and DAISY’S BIG DIG but she has also written a series of books for older children – and of course she illustrates those too!
Hi Angie, tell us about your latest book.
I’ve just published the third in a series of illustrated books about a boy called Sedric who lives in Dark Ages Britain, and his adventures with his pet pig Denzel, his best friend Verucca and his motley team of friends and hangers on. The latest one is called SEDRIC AND THE ROMAN HOLIDAY RAMPAGE, which, despite the title is mostly about pirates!
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by everything, constantly. I read ALL the time, (I even read cereal packets while I’m having breakfast) and I have panic attacks if I finish one book and haven’t got another one waiting. I love good clever comedy on TV, and occasionally steal funny lines from my grandsons.
How did you first get involved with BOAMBF, and what does it mean to you?
I was asked by Anna, Fleur, Maudie, Catherine, and Alex if I would like to join. I think they wanted a picture book writer/illustrator so I was very honoured when they asked me.
I think BOAMBF is a fantastic opportunity to have lovely coffees and chats with the other members at the glorious Hartley Farm, while pretending we are having Very Important Meetings. But, more seriously it is a wonderful chance to celebrate the (fast disappearing) joys of libraries with all our young readers, talking to them and hopefully instilling in them the importance of libraries in our communities.
What do you like about THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE?
The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to encourage children to take up reading, if they haven’t already done so, and to encourage established readers to explore new areas. When I was a child, reading was the only entertainment available to us, due to children’s TV being on for only one hour a day and also being pretty rubbish. There are so many other distractions for children nowadays, but none of them have the power to move the imagination like books.
What will your BOAMBF event be like? Can we have a sneak preview?
I will be doing a reading and an illustration workshop around my picture book, Daisy’s Big Dig which will be aimed at younger children. I’ll also be doing readings from my latest Sedric book followed by the Complete Dark Ages Experience including dressing up as Sedric and Verucca with wigs and mud and the opportunity to try some turnip based food.
Sounds fantastic. Do you do school visits? Have there been any particularly memorable moments?
I do lots of school visits which I always love as it is an opportunity to interract with my readership and learn new things. Children make me laugh most of the time, but I was once asked how old I was, to which I replied (in a whisper, swearing the class to secrecy) that I was 63, to which one child responded in disbelief, ‘Wow. And you’re STILL working!’
Do you have a favourite author/illustrator?
Oliver Jeffers is a total genius, and I also read the William books by Richmal Crompton which STILL make me smile.
Tell us a joke
The interrupting sheep.
The interrupti …?’
Ha ha! Thanks, Angie x